Local Law Firms Offer More Attention, Specialization, And Expertise
For those who frequently go out to eat, there are often notable differences in the freshness, flavor, and ambiance of smaller, local restaurants over more homogenized chain restaurants. In local restaurants, management generally fosters a greater working relationship with local farmers, the staff has a more personal relationship with the clientele, and chefs are usually given more creative license to come up with tantalizing cuisine. In the same vein, yet with much more serious implications, smaller, local law firms offer that same type of extra attention that truly makes the difference.
Often in our culture, we see a tendency to give higher regard to the “bigger, better, faster, more” mentality. Just as this is seen in the booming business of big chain restaurants, so it is also seen in law firms. However, when it comes to focusing on your issues and bringing justice to your case, bigger is not better, and firms that have more cases do not always ensure their clients recover more damages.
Many larger firms will bank high earnings due to the high volume of clients they funnel through their doors, but that does not mean they are finding the best results for their clients. A smaller firm is much more likely to offer the personal attention that turns a mere win into a big win. More clients don’t necessarily make for better business.
Many people seeking legal help are quickly attracted to slick advertising campaigns and the notoriety that comes with TV spots and billboards produced by larger and “louder” firms. Although the commercials do much to get your attention, when you show up at the big firm in search of a heedful ear, unfortunately you may never receive that attention in return. Because small, local firms don’t run their businesses on the revolving door model, just trying to “turn and burn” as many cases as possible, they have a greater capacity for investing in their clients individually.
Smaller firms are also more likely to specialize, offering the focus needed to truly dig into a case with the labor and time that it takes to return maximum results. Like we always say at Wittmer & Linehan PLLC, Results Matter! The reason we get the results that we do is because we’ve been focused on auto and motorcycle accidents, personal injury, and recovery over insurance policy limits in our practice for over 40 years combined.
Local companies, whether they’re law firms or any other sort of business, are also more connected to the people in the area. Being longtime residents goes far in understanding and investing in our community as a whole, which gives Wittmer & Linehan the ability to establish relationships with experts and specialists who can assist us at critical points in a case. Justice is about more than just the law; it’s also about the culture in which that law is practiced.
We love the culture here in Sarasota. That’s why we get involved with local charities such as K.I.D.S. by the Sea Cancer Support, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Liberty Manor for Veterans. We also enjoy participating in events such as Thunder By The Bay, the Peace River ABATE’s School Supply Run, Southside Elementary, Riverview High School, Cardinal Mooney High School, and the Phillippi Shores Elementary 5K Run. These events help us get out and take part in what our community has to offer. As most small, local firms will tell you, involvement in your community is incredibly important when you’re working to help the people in it.
The Florida Supreme Court has taken steps to help people obtain the justice and results they need by establishing the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys. It’s called “board certification,” and less than one percent of attorneys reach this level of expertise. By focusing his energies on the Sarasota community, our own Steve Wittmer has become one of Sarasota’s few Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers. Regardless of what you may see on TV, not all lawyers actually represent clients in court, and fewer still try cases before juries.
At Wittmer & Linehan, we do the best we can for our clients by doing what we do best. We’re not generally flashy, and we’re not all that loud. But we care about our clients, we give them the attention they deserve, and our record of results, whether we take a case to trial or settle before we get there, is a testament to how hard we work to be the best law firm in town.
Contact us for a free consultation regarding your case.